Opinion

Budget weighs current debt vs. future benefits

Editorials

The good news in the immediate aftermath of Gov. Tom Wolf having delivered his 2019-20 Pennsylvania state budget proposal on Tuesday was that lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle spoke confidently about prospects for completing a spending package by the June 30 deadline. Legislative ...

Venezuela uprising concerning

Editorials

Venezuela is the 10th-biggest oil producer in the world. It may have larger petroleum reserves than any other country. Yet socialism has devastated the nation’s economy to the point that there are shortages of food. About three million Venezuelans have fled their homeland during the past ...

Frustration with city’s snow plowing

Letters to the Editor

The sidewalk in front of my house was atrocious during the recent winter storm. I have sent two emails to Altoona City Hall complaining of city trucks plowing snow across my sidewalk. Many folks need to walk on the road because our city trucks place snow across many of our homeowners’ ...

Oh, deer: More talk important

Editorials

Many area landowners and hunters remain angry about the method the Pennsylvania Game Commission would prefer to use to try to halt — or at least greatly slow — the spread of chronic wasting disease in the state’s deer population. The commission wants to employ U.S. Department of ...

Snow removal needs to be Altoona priority

Letters to the Editor

I can’t understand why there are so many sidewalks in the city of Altoona that took so long to be cleared of snow. It has been almost two weeks since we received a great amount of snow — yet there are so many that were not shoveled. There are many times during my travels throughout ...

Presented with opportunities, students should take advantage

Opinion

According to a survey done by U.S. News, “37 percent of students are prepared for college-level math and reading” (Camera, 2016). Compared to a survey conducted by four Glendale students (listed below), 80 percent of Glendale alumni now enrolled in a platform of higher education believe ...

Hard line still needed on Taliban

Editorials

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that war. ...

Saturday deer opening may be jumping gun

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the Pennsylvania Game Commission moving closer to opening deer season on a Saturday. The only reason I have heard from them is that it will attract more hunters. How many people that don’t go now are going to go if it is on Saturday? Did they do a survey? ...

Anti-blight initiative good move

Editorials

As reported in a front-page article in the Jan. 27 Mirror, Blair County’s anti-blight initiative is poised to move another step forward, now that about $66,000 has been collected through an additional $7.50 charge added to the recording of deeds and mortgages, effective in September ...

Game Commission has the wrong idea

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 31, the Mirror printed that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is going to kill a couple thousand deer locally, at night, by baiting and shooting them with silenced guns. Both are illegal by state law. When they kill a doe at this time of year, they kill two, three or maybe four deer ...

America’s political labels are deceptive

Letters to the Editor

In the political culture that we find ourselves in this country, it is becoming more difficult to get dedicated and qualified people to provide leadership in our government. The two-party system has polarized the legislative bodies in both the state and federal governments to the extent ...

Legislature must tackle tough issues

Editorials

Pennsylvania lawmakers in Harrisburg seem busy, based on developments at the state capital over the past week. However, some state residents — specifically, those who support a “window” for long-ago victims of the Roman Catholic Church child-sexual-abuse scandal to sue the church and ...

Altoona’s sidewalks need better clearance

Letters to the Editor

I am writing about the city sidewalks, most notably the sidewalks on the 17th Street bridge, by the intersection at Irwin Financial, and all along 9th Avenue by the junior high and high school. They are atrocious. Students and pedestrians have to step onto the road and cannot access the ...

Secret to college success? Video games

Opinion

College students need to play more video games. Seriously. New research shows that gaming actually improves cognitive and social skills. It’s one of the most accessible, inclusive activities for students. And, unbeknownst to many, professional video gaming has become a big business, so job ...

Stop putting politics before country

Editorials

The first and most important responsibility of our elected officials within Congress is to protect the United States of America and its citizens. In this regard, it is clear that our representatives in both parties have failed miserably. Any problem can be solved by breaking it down into ...

Amtran report troubling

Editorials

Amtran’s reported low ranking among its bus-service-provider peers, based on a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation performance report covering a five-year period that ended in 2015, has cast a shadow over its operations and the strong image it has tried to maintain. Exacerbating that ...

When will world see light on Trump?

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the Jan. 19 opinion letter of Jim Moore, the only part of that letter that resembled truth was the last paragraph where he offered congratulations for giving Russia and our enemies what they wanted — chaos in America. And chaos, thy name is Donald Trump. Regardless of what ...

Trump not leading our ‘gateway to freedom’

Letters to the Editor

Living through the 1920s and 1930s, we were occupied with hard times and not really aware of foreign affairs. In Europe, dictators in Germany and Italy were taking control — Hitler with his stiff-armed salute and Mussolini with his protruding jaw salute. Freedom of speech and government ...

Pelosi’s hypocrisy is on full display

Letters to the Editor

It was funny to hear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi state (Jan. 16) that she wants the State of the Union Address canceled because of security reasons and her safety. That’s just proof that we need to build the wall. Her safety counts, but ours does not — her words and thoughts, not ...

‘Sun beginning to filter through swamp haze’

Letters to the Editor

America is great because we can voice our opinions. We should not make up our own facts. Letter writer David Thomas, on Dec. 18, offered his opinions as facts. Thomas’ last bulletpoint said President Donald Trump is working on hiring a fourth chief of staff. Fact is, he will select his ...